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THE NUTRITIONISTA GETS INSPIRED BY RENS KROES

Sometimes in our lives and careers we come across people who just inspire us, whether it be through what they do in their job, what they have achieved or maybe just their personalities. As a blogger I often look for inspiration from other like minded people within the health industry from all over the world. I find that there are so many incredible people out there who share the same passions and goals as I do and it can be a really amazing experience to be able to talk to the people who inspired me to start what I am doing today and hear about their wonderful journeys.

Rens Kroes is one of the many wonderful people who have inspired me along the way, I have followed her story through her website and social media for such a long time now, way before I started The Nutritionista and always loved her approach to healthy eating. So I recently got to chat to Rens to discover a bit more about her background, what started her love for health and nutrition her job and much much more.

Firstly let me say that Rens is the most lovely person, I feel as though we could of spoken for hours about all things health and wellness. Which is what I love so much about being in this industry, its the people you meet and being able to share the same interests and passions.

So firstly we chatted about her background, for Rens her journey into health came from a very young age. Surrounded by a family where health and nutrition was of paramount importance. Her grandmother was actually a herbalist, her mother a nutritionist and grandfather was the first organic farmer from the north part of the Netherlands which I am pretty impressed about! Then along with her sister Doutzen Kroes the Victoria Secret model I would say they are one healthy family right? Rens explained that her mother always taught her the importance of healthy eating as a child. It seemed like the passion for teaching about health has passed down the generations.

So what exactly does Rens do? Rens is herself a health coach, she also blogs about healthy eating for Glamour and shares her wisdom through her website. Then on top of all that Rens has released a book called Power Food which is a best seller, which unfortunately not yet available in the UK but is something that Rens is working on, fingers crossed ey. You see what I mean about inspiring, if I was to look at my long term plan for myself and The Nutritionista I would want to follow a similar route too Rens. Nothing like some good long term goals!

We then moved onto to talking about her views toward healthy living and Rens mantra is a great one, she described it as ‘The Triangle’ and the three corners of the triangle are healthy food, exercising and relaxing, Rens stressed to me that for her its all about balance. If someone is too focused on one corner of that triangle its not healthy, if you are really pushing the healthy eating but not exercising and taking time to stop and relax that isn’t a healthy lifestyle. Life is all about balance and this is something that I strongly agree with, you need to be able to strike a healthy balance between all these elements to lead a healthy and happy life and sustain this lifestyle. I am a big fan of the triangle way of thinking and think that we all should focus on making sure we are balanced in our approach to a healthy lifestyle.

So talking of balance how does Rens workout? A combination of hit training, yoga and weight lifting, we spent a while discussing how much we love lifting weights. I am such a convert to lifting weights its my new favourite exercise! So its nice to find another woman with a similar view. Girls go lift some iron, trust me it will change how you exercise!

So finally I asked Rens if she had any advice for young working women who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. And she had some good advice,

  • Healthy eating takes time its a whole lifestyle, its no quick fix
  • Make a schedule and plan your meals

So there you have it, my wonderful chat with the equally wonderful Rens Kroes. Hopefully this will give you an idea of exactly why I find her so inspiring. Below are two recipes from Rens, they look delicious and I can’t wait to try them.

Check out Rens on her websitetwitterfacebook & Instagram

Power Food by Rens Kroes

 


 

Recipes by Rens Kroes for The Nutritionista

Kick start 

This is probably the tastiest and healthiest breakfast ever! It’s very filling and is deliciously creamy. It’s a perfect pre-workout breakfast, a quick snack to give you a boost or a kick start for a long, busy day.

Total preparation time

4 hours or overnight

Active preparation time

10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

130 grams whole oats

100 grams raw cashews

80 grams dates, pitted

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons dried coconut

2 teaspoons vanilla powder, unsweetened

Method

Soak the oats and cashews in a bowl of water for at least four hours or over night. Then drain the remaining water and put everything in the blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. You can garnish this breakfast with some berries, if you’d like.

Zucchini boats

The finish product looks so fantastic, which makes it even nicer to eat! How food looks matters. If something looks good, you’re likely to eat more of it. And that’s no problem here since we’re so healthy! 

Ingredients (serves 2) 
200 grams organic chicken breast
coconut oil, for baking

100 grams brown rice
2 large or 4 small zucchinis
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 small red onions
8 large mushrooms
handful of parsley
handful of basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
50 ml pre-made, organic tomato sauce
leaves of 4 sprigs fresh thyme 
1 teaspoon of curry powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 teaspoon of laos powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
 
pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse the chicken with water, cut into small pieces and cook in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan at low heat. Stir well occasionally. Rinse the rice and cook it in water in a small pot with a stock cube. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half, length-wise, spoon out the flesh and set aside and brush the four zucchini halves with olive oil. Put them in an ovenproof dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. Next, chop the onion, mushrooms, parsley and basil and put them in a bowl with the zucchini flesh. Then add the chicken, spices, tomato sauce, sea salt and black pepper. Finally, press the garlic into the mixture using a garlic press. Toss the mixture to combine and ensure that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed. Remove the zucchini boats from the oven and fill them with the filling. Put the boats back in the oven at the same temperature for another 10 minutes. Then, remove them from the oven and sprinkle four tablespoons of rice over each of the boats.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROSEMARY FERGURSON

Rosemary Ferguson is one interesting lady, with a background as a high flying model, Rosemary is now a trained nutritionist with a passion for healthy living. My kind of woman! Which is why I was so keen to chat to Rosemary and interview her for The Nutritionista. And so here is it, Rosemary sheds some light on her busy schedule, what inspired her to study nutrition, her favourite recipes, some cooking tricks and much much more for The Nutritionista. I hope you enjoy finding out about this inspiring lady as much as I did 🙂

1. How did your journey into health and nutrition evolve?

I have always enjoyed feeling good and I have always been interested in how foods can help you to achieve that feeling of well-being. This lead me through all sorts of different ways of eating from juicing, to raw food and  super powders.

2. What inspired you to study nutrition?

When I decided I wanted to work in this field I thought I had better learn the science and really understand the effect food have on our bodies and that is when I went back to college.

3. How did your time as a model help shape your views towards health and nutrition?

Travel helps, you see so many different places and try all sorts of cuisines. Because you are working with a quite health conscious crowd there is a lot of chat about beauty products, and the latest food fads. It was great for me and I could try out all the new things that were going on, I remember buying my first juicer and being amazed by it…. that was many years ago now! X

4.What’s the best thing about your job?

When you  help someone get back to full health and vitality, I feel grateful to be a part of that, it is so amazing and super satisfying. Also people are really interested in nutrition now, so I love talking to people and hearing their thoughts too.

5.What do you aim to offer through your consultations?

I try to get to the root of the problem, the symptoms that a person come in with may be a sign of a problem that goes a lot deeper. It should be team work, so I try to explain to my clients what is going on, why I think they should increase some foods, or take a certain supplement…. Knowledge is power, and if you can give your client an understanding of the processes in the body, people are more likely to make changes and stick to them!

6. What’s your favourite recipe (s)?

I don’t know, I go through phases, I like mung dahl with coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric. I also love simple avocado and garlic on toast .

7. What’s a typical day in the life of  Rosemary Ferguson?

Oh a right mish mash, of kids, a bit of exercise, probably quite a lot of time in the car, clients, meetings with a bit of social thrown in for good measure .

Every day is pretty busy, I get up at 6.45 do the school run at 7.45, ride at 8 then see clients and do my meetings (either in London or Gloucestershire). The days when I don’t work I love having time to potter in the kitchen and I love I getting cosy with my girls in the evening,or seeing my mates….

8. How would you describe your approach to living a healthy lifestyle?

Not obsessed, balanced, a bit of everything is great. I find if I am too extreme about health foods and too controlling about ‘being good’ I end up going mad, so just keep a good balance, I think you can make little changes and see big effects. I like to feel well so I treat my body with respect most of the time…. and when I don’t I give it a hand to get back in balance!

9. Do you have any cooking tips and tricks?

It’s just little things like be prepared, have healthy snacks with you so that you don’t eat rubbish. Don’t starve yourself, that is a sure fire way to end up eating a burger and chips. Make each food or drink decision the most nutrient dense it can be… add seeds to a salad, have a herbal tea instead of a coffee, have a salad instead of chips, rye bread instead of wheat, brown rice pasta instead of white pasta, snack on fruit and raw veg instead of crisps. By doing these sorts of things you will be amazed at how much it can help.

10. What do you usually eat in a day?

Now there’s a question…. ! I start most days with a metabolic shake which has Metagenics ultra clear, spirulina, maca, a probiotic powder, some milk thistle and some red clover in it. Then I have porridge or a boiled egg or avocado on rye toast, for lunch a substantial salad with pomegranate seeds, hummus, carrot, beetroot, something like that. For dinner a bean or lentil stew or a squash risottos are hitting the spot at the moment. I do eat meat but my husband and 2 out  of 3 of my children don’t so I don’t cook it very much, but I do love a roast at this time of year, with lots of fresh green veg and cooked with coconut oil.

11. What are your favourite healthy eating spots in London?

I am a big fan of the good life eatery and Tanya’s, I also like the Juice Well, or there is a lovely company called Potage that will deliver to you if you order before 11.30in the morning!

12. Do you have an exercise regime?

It changes all the time, I like doing different things to keep it interesting. I ride 3 times a week if I can ( I am a bit fair weather!), I try to run twice a week and I do a metabolic exercise class in the village hall which is hilarious, I usually try to do some yoga, but time seems short at the moment so i haven’t  for a while!

13. Do you have any advice for young career women who want to lead a healthy lifestyle?

Batch cook and freeze in lunch size portions, then you can eat well at work! And it is cheap. Take 5 pieces of fruit to snack on, 5 may sound a lot but of you are a picker you will probably get through that amount in a day!

Check out Rosemarys website here-http://www.rosemaryferguson.co.uk/

**Credits to Storm Artist Management and photo credits to Pietro Birindelli **